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Monthly Archives: March 2008

Lexar Professional UDMA Dual-Slot USB Reader

Lexar Professional UDMA Dual-Slot USB Reader (Image courtesy Lexar)
By Andrew Liszewski

If you’re copying a few hundred JPEG photos you took at a birthday party to your PC, then speed is probably not a big concern. However if you’re copying hundreds of RAW files to your laptop with a looming print deadline then yeah, speed is probably an issue. Lexar’s UDMA dual-slot USB reader promises the fastest transfer speeds you can find as long as you’re using it with a high-speed UDMA memory card.

The dual slots are compatible with UDMA CF cards, standard CF cards, SDHC SD cards and regular SD cards and it even folds closed to keep out unwanted materials like dust and debris when it’s not in use. You can get it directly from the Lexar online store for $34.99.

[ Lexar Professional UDMA Dual-Slot USB Reader ] VIA [ Fareastgizmos ]

Set Up Your Own Wifi Hotspot Wherever You Go

PHS300 Personal Hotspot (Image courtesy CradlePoint Technology) By Andrew Liszewski

The PHS300 Personal Hotspot from CradlePoint Technology allows you to share your broadband-enabled mobile phone or modem with multiple users by turning it into a secure wifi hotspot. The company claims that getting online is as easy as plugging your phone or USB modem into the compact router, and then connecting your PC to the wireless network. Of course since you’ll probably want to use the WEP/WPA security options so that everyone’s not mooching your wifi, the setup process might take a bit longer than they claim.

The personal hotspot includes a built-in lithium-ion battery that will keep it running for several hours and can be recharged via USB when connected to your computer. It can even be used to recharge a phone that’s connected to the USB port, though that will no doubt reduce its own battery life. It’s available from Amazon for $299.99 but you’ll want to make sure your broadband phone or modem are included on the supported hardware list before you pick one up.

[ PHS300 Personal Hotspot ] VIA [ GadgetKing ]

OhGizmo Review: Logitech MX Air Mouse

MX Air

By Evan Ackerman

You might remember that I wrote about Logitech’s MX Air last July, under the headline “Logitech’s MX Air Mouse Is Real, Spectacular.” I think spectacular might be an understatement now that I was finally able to wrangle myself a review unit to try out for a little while. The idea behind the MX Air is that you can use it as a normal wireless laser mouse, or you can pick it up and a gyroscopic sensor will kick in, letting you use it just as effectively in mid air. It’s hands down one of the sexiest peripherals I’ve ever had the pleasure of fondling, and unlike a lot of things that look this good, it’s intelligent and functional. But is it worth the $150 asking price? I think I can probably convince you… Read my full review, after the jump.Continue Reading

My Touch Keys Adds Tactile Feedback To Your iPhone

My Touch Keys

By Luke Anderson

If you’re one of the many people that have jumped on the iPhone wagon, you’ve no doubt realized that typing on it isn’t quite as easy as other smartphones. The main cause for this is the lack of tactile feedback. Sure, I will admit that the keyboard isn’t that bad to use, but if you could actually feel where your fingers were, it would make things much easier. This is exactly the purpose that My Touch Keys plans to serve.

This piece of plastic clings to your screen, with holes where the letters of the keyboard would be. This way you can feel exactly where your fingers are. The blue tint looks like it might wash out your picture a bit, but for $7.99, it can’t be too bad.

[ MyTouchKeys ] VIA [ UberGizmo ]

Recharge Up To Four USB Gadgets In Your Car

USB Car Charger

By Luke Anderson

How many times have you been traveling across a few states, only to find that one of your gadgets is in serious need of a charge? This has happened to me on more than one occasion, and since I don’t always bring my handy power inverter, I’m usually out of luck. However, since many of my gadgets can recharge via USB, this gadget would have come in handy.

This 4-Port USB Car Charger is as simple as it looks. Just plug it into your cigarette adapter and you’ve got four USB ports for recharging just about anything. For $12 I think I’ll have to pick one up.

[ Gadget4All ] VIA [ UberGizmo ]

Aptera Spotted At Starfleet Command


By Evan Ackerman

Back when we first introduced the Aptera, I mentioned that it looked like a space fighter. I guess someone was listening, since this picture shows an Aptera on what is supposedly the set of the new Star Trek movie, at Cal State Northridge’s Oviatt Library.


As long as people realize that it’s not a prop and you can in fact order one, this should certainly be great publicity of Aptera… ‘Course, production on the car is supposed to begin “in late 2008,” a ways ahead of the May 2009 release date for the movie. Who knows, maybe by then the Aptera will be everywhere and nobody will be impressed by the movie cameo. We can only hope.

[ Aptera ] VIA [ Ain’t It Cool ]

Hallmark Introduces Adhesive Wrap To Better Hide Your Gift’s Suckage

Hallmark Adhesive Gift Wrap (Image courtesy Hallmark) By Andrew Liszewski

If you hand someone a gift wrapped in newspaper and twine, they’re going to figure out you picked it up at the gas station 10 minutes before you got to their house. But if you hand someone the same gift that looks like it was wrapped by Martha Stewart, they’ll cherish that deodorizing air freshener until the day they die. But since very few of us have Martha’s skills (or dedicated army of gift wrappers) Hallmark has made things a bit easier by introducing adhesive gift wrap.

The underside of the wrapping paper is covered with a low-tack adhesive which is probably similar to what Post-It Notes use. So if you can leave a note telling your co-worker to stop stealing your lunch, you can wrap a gift like a professional. The sticky side also makes it a lot easier to wrap non-box shaped items like bowling balls, golf clubs or even puppies. And while I think it’s a clever idea, it’s still not as fast as my own wrapping system which involves a can of spray paint and a well ventilated room.

The adhesive gift wrap will be available exclusively from Hallmark for about $5 a roll.

[ Hallmark Adhesive Gift Wrap ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

Diesel Time Frames With OLED Display

Diesel OLED Time Frames (Images courtesy Diesel & technabob)
By Andrew Liszewski

This isn’t the first watch from Diesel to feature an OLED display, but since the original model only used the technology for a thin strip of blue numbers, it might as well be. While the display on the DZ7086 isn’t exactly large compared to LCD standards, it’s no longer monochrome thanks to the introduction of green to complement the blue. But even with a ‘cutting-edge’ OLED display the watch is still styled after the LED watches from the 1970’s, so it will probably appeal mainly to the retro crowd.

The watch face has 4 different animations that can be triggered at random whenever you push one of the buttons on the side and features a genuine black leather strap that’s attached to the display via a set of stainless steel lugs. Oh and it of course sports the Diesel logo, since most people won’t be buying it for the OLED technology.

It’s available directly from Diesel for $150.

[ Diesel OLED Time Frames ] VIA [ technabob ]

Brando Canned Shape Card Reader & USB Hub

Brando Canned Shape Card Reader & USB Hub (Images courtesy
By Andrew Liszewski

I’ve never tried ‘canned shapes’ before but if they’re half as tasty as this can shaped memory card reader is useful, I’ll start stocking my pantry. But Y3K preparation aside, Brando has once again managed to stick another piece of everyday technology into an unusual package. This time it’s an SD, SDHC, MMC, XD, CF and MicroSD friendly card reader crammed into what appears to be a short aluminum can. It connects to your PC via USB 2.0 and even includes 3 extra USB ports lining the base of the can. A clever design unless you work in an office where the cleaning crew will probably toss it in the recycling bin.

You can get it on Brando’s website for $20.

[ Canned Shape Card Reader & USB Hub ] VIA [ Tech Digest ]